Back In the Saddle – er – Sewing Room! Another Ann Tee

Thank you to everyone for the lovely well-wishes and kind thoughts on my recovery. I kid you not when I say that dealing with cancer was much easier than dealing with Miller-Fisher variant of Guillane-Barré. This has been a… journey.

But as with every journey, small steps combine to make big strides. Or something like that. Anyway, I am healing, and slowly things are returning to their prior state. It’s going slower than I would like, and I lost 15 lbs thanks to this beast. That’s no humble brag. I lost muscle, not something I want. I’m slowly building it back up. At this point I’ve been discharged from the nursing care, occupational therapy and now the in-home physical therapy. Tuesday I’ll start outpatient PT. This is all great stuff. I’m gonna beat this thing back into submission. As I said to my BFF Barb, Miller-Fisher picked the wrong b*tch to go after!

The first symptom to show up, and the thing that sent me to the neurologist in the first place, was double vision. Alas, I still am afflicted with that. I have one side of my glasses patched (you can see that on my FB and IG feeds), and since it’s been almost 6 weeks, my depth perception is non-existent. I’ve been hesitant to go back into the sewing room, since I don’t want to slice myself with a rotary cutter.


Sewing is good therapy, and I have really needed it, so back into the sewing room I went this week. Because of my limited vision and lack of depth perception, I decided to stick with a tried and true. Plus I need a new top. So it was my trusty StyleArc Ann Tee Top to the rescue!

Look Ma! I still have all my fingers! #smallvictories

I made no changes to the pattern, but this time I sewed it in a bold printed ITY Jersey for the body, and black ITY jersey for the neckband and sleeves. Both are from Gorgeous Fabrics (stay tuned in 2018 for new developments, and that’s all I’m going to say for now 🙂 ).

It went together beautifully, and I am wearing it now. I’ll get pictures on me at some point, but in the meantime you can see the more-or less finished result on Shelley.

It is hemmed temporarily now – final version after Christmas

I will tell you one bad experience I had, and it has nothing to do with the pattern or fabric. If you recall, earlier this year I did my own unvarnished, un-sponsored review of Coats and Clarks Eloflex Thread. I wasn’t impressed then, but I figured I would try again, so I gave it a go.

Here’s my equally unvarnished opinion after my second go-round. Save your money. It’s not worth it. It didn’t want to wind on the bobbin without some serious help from me (I never have a problem like that with any other threads). When it wasn’t skipping stitches – and I tried every type of needle in different sizes – it would break about every three or four inches. Screw that. I threw it out, ran a narrow overlock and I’ll finish the final hem with the coverstitch that my husband put under the tree.

So, I’m feeling quite accomplished that I managed to make a top without hurting myself or breaking anything! Small steps, but they add up over time. I really want to make a coat, but I don’t feel ready to do anything that complex – yet. But give me time, and I’ll be back and sewing up a storm.

Merry Christmas, love you all, and of course,

Happy sewing!

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20 thoughts on “Back In the Saddle – er – Sewing Room! Another Ann Tee”

  1. Generally when I see ITY, I am IT Out the Door. This is totally different. Totally draws in the viewer. I love it Bet it is beautiful on you.

  2. Love your top.
    Be kind to yourself – I have CIDP (chronic form GBS) and fatigue is a pain in the you know what!
    Wish you a speedie recovery


  3. My sympathies are with you. I too have double vision caused by a brain bleed earlier this year, so know how difficult and frustrating it is to try to sew or indeed do anything that requires clear vision. Best wishes for a complete recovery. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  4. Many years ago I had a mystery version of chronic fatigue, and the day a hand sewing needle felt too heavy to wield was an unforgettable day in my life. It takes time and it’s no fun but you will get better. I don’t know if it will help in your case but I’ve also had to deal with eye-retraining and double vision issues and found stereoscopic images like the magic eye books or sites like helpful. That you can turn out a fabulous top like that with wonky vision is impressive to say the least–wear it in increasingly good health!

  5. Glad to hear things are improving. Love the new top and I totally agree about the thread. I had the same issues when I tried it.

  6. This shirt is lovely! I love the placement of the design. Glad to hear you are getting better each day. May your Christmas be memorable 🙂

  7. I love the top, I hope we get to see you model it. I looked up Miller Fisher and oh my I hope you are recovering well now. It sounds pretty bad. I’m sick with a cold just in time for Christmas so I may be staying home alone that day. If I feel good enough I’ll sew.

  8. Dear Ann. I am so glad to hear you are starting to mend. What a horrible disease. Your “back to” top is stunning and you will bring the house down in that one! Take great care, avoid sick people, know that your fans are all still out here wishing you the best. Happy New Year.

  9. I’m glad you’re feeling on the mend. I too had to go read up a bit about it. I hope your eyesight gets straightened out soon.

    Love the new top! And thanks for the update on that new thread. I’m not sure I’ll keep the spool I got to experiment with. Sewing time is in short supply as it is without adding fighting thread issues.

  10. OMG! I had the Miller-Fisher variant of GB myself about 15 years ago. I wasn’t as badly afflicted but the diplopia was unnerving. I’m so happy you are on the mend.
    I’m watching your Craftsy class on knits and sewing a hoodie with some Gorgeous Fabric. I’ll post photos.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and the best for Christmas and the new year!

  11. What a lovely tee you’ve created. You are a inspiration to all who love to sew. I enjoyed your Craftsy class. It was well done and I do hope you will have more coming. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery Ann.

  12. You go girl. Kick that nasty G-B in the you know what. And, I hope you have all the strength of Dr. Miller-Fischer – who not only survived a Nazi prison camp for 3.5 years, but also lived to be a ripe 98. Best wishes for a healthy 2018.

  13. This tee is gorgeous! I am a bit intimidated by ITY knits, maybe someday I will conquer those slippery things. My very best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Attitude is almost everything, and you have a great one.

  14. Well color me clueless. I’ve been out of the loop myself for a while and missed all your jaw dropping news. I’m so very sorry you’ve had to deal with this &%^$#@+ __storm.

    1. Please stop breaking rule #1: Never be medically interesting.
    2. FYI I’m going to miss Gorgeous Fabrics, not just the store but the spirit or fabric love & fair dealing that made it a joy to check in on every week. Thanks for a fantastic run.
    3. Anything you do next, including this Craftsy class you mention, is making me glad that your hard won knowledge base won’t disappear from the public sphere.

    Hurry and get better.

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